5 Crazy Things that Happened at Hardrock
The 2014 running of this stupendous, grueling race packed some surprises
Kilian Jornet making it look easy. Photo by Matt Trappe.
Taking place on July 11-13, the 21st running of the legendary Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run—a mind-boggling mountain odyssey with 34,000 feet of climbing over the rugged San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado—dished up more than its usual fair share of surprises. Herewith, a quick look at five crazy events from the day.
1. First Things First.
The biggest news of the day(s)? The Catalonian Kilian Jornet took first place in a ridiculous, new, course-record time of 22 hours 41 minutes, shattering Kyle Skaggs’ 2008, once-thought-untouchable mark of 23 hours 23 minutes. En route to victory, the runner known as Kilian was seen firing down a tequila shot at the Kroger's Canteen aid station, flossing his teeth with grass, taking photos all along the way and generally having a grand time, as other runners suffered the usual wrath of Hardrock’s 68,000 feet of ascending and descending, extreme altitude, terrifying thunderstorms and heinous rough trails.